Abandoned places are all over Arizona. We have ghost towns, centuries-old ruins, and plenty examples of urban decay scattered throughout our cities and towns. While some people may find these to be eye sores and evidence of pending criminal activity, I like to think of them as signs of where life once was and, in some cases, where it continues to thrive.
Not long ago, we looked at the old abandoned trading post, Two Guns, and how nature reclaims things a little differently in the desert than in traditionally humid, foliage-rich areas. Here’s another example of a commercial building that once housed an array of emotions—excitement, anger, frustration, joy—for a decade and a half.
The Black Canyon City Greyhound Park is just barely visible from the southbound lanes of Interstate 17, a white rectangle sitting against the dark hills on the north side of town. At one point, it was obvious this place once acted as a dog racing track. Large, bold letters reading “DOG TRACK,” then “DOG RACK,” and “DOG CRACK” were displayed against the highway side of the building before finally being removed completely.